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Police reveal new suspect in Chinese tourist tuk-tuk attack

PHUKET: A police investigation has revealed that the tuk-tuk driver accused of attacking a Chinese tourist on Feb 27 was not the one who carried out the assault.

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Friday 8 March 2019, 01:59PM

The investigation by Patong Police discovered that the assailant was, in fact, another man who became aware of the dispute in Cherng Talay.

Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee told The Phuket News, “The Chinese female tourist who was assaulted did not come to Patong Police Station to file a complaint. She returned to China later the same morning.”

The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday Feb 27, involved four female Chinese tourists, one of whom was physically assaulted by a tuk-tuk driver when an argument broke out after the tourists were driven from Patong to Cherng Talay. (See story here.)

Col Anotai told The Phuket News, “Following the investigation, we know that an argument broke out between the tourists and the driver of their tuk-tuk over the fare.”

“But that tuk-tuk driver did not assault the tourists. Another man who witnessed the dispute became angry and got involved, assaulting one of the tourists.

Col Anotai confirmed that the investigation is ongoing as police gather enough evidence to bring appropriate charges to the assailant.

I have ordered Patong Police to coordinated with Thalang Hospital in obtaining a medical certificate for the tourist who was attacked in order to establish details of her injuries,” he explained.

I expect to receive the medical certificate soon.

Once I have the certificate, I will decide on the appropriate charges to bring to the assailant.” Col Anotai added.

The police chief declined to provide details about the new suspect or the tuk-tuk driver.



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Kurt | 09 March 2019 - 19:35:02

The Patong police is so much intertwined with the local transport mafia, that it is not realistic to expect police is doing it's job as a normal society expect. Look at beach road, look at T-junction Bangla road-Tit 2000 road. It is all what you like to do.. Police there just look, and click the numbers of appreciation.

Rorri_2 | 09 March 2019 - 06:40:51

Probably waiting another few months for any criminal records.... it seems the way it goes.

BenPendejo | 08 March 2019 - 15:08:21

Police, taxis, tuktuks, etc....all part of the same team...and all a scourge on Thailand tourism.  I just hope this gets good coverage in China, as Chinese people really need to be aware of what they can expect here on their cheap vacations.  These ladies should be thanksful they didn't go home in a box, like many of their other countrymen.

Kurt | 08 March 2019 - 14:17:49

 Another 4 chinese tourists went home, and express on cyber media what Phuket experience is. ''" They did not come to the police station to file a complain"..  Hello! Expected the ladies take a tuk tuk again from Thalang to Patong to file a complain?Guess ladies were already scared to take any Phuket transport after the horror experience.

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